Top Five Devon and Cornwall Beaches!
Schools are nearly out. The sun continues to shine. And it is time to dig out the buckets and spades from the back of the shed. Yep, summer in its truest form, is finally here. And for a lot of us, there will be only one destination in mind – the beach!
The big question though, is what beach do you go to? Given that we have just under 8,000 miles of coastline to visit in the UK, the options seem endless.
But here at Burts, we’re obviously a bit biased in saying that the South West surely has some of the best beaches to offer. Whether you’re looking for glorious sand dunes, rolling surf or simply want to breathe in some of that wonderfully salty air; you really are spoilt for choice.
Speaking of which, our flavour of the month for August, is in fact Sea Salt. Made with natural sea salt and nothing else, these are a firm favourite and the perfect partner for the beach. So, if you’ve got a day’s adventure lined up, splashing in the briny blue or making huuuuuge sandcastles, make sure you pack plenty of bags of crisps. It’s all hungry work!
Here are our top five beaches for you to visit, as featured in our Bags of Adventure Campaign [hyperlink to www.burtschips.com/adventure]. Don’t forget to enter, to be in with a chance of winning an unforgettable family break and a daily adventure prize.
Bigbury – SX 64817 43970
Big by name, by nature, this is a great beach in the South Hams of Devon, with plenty of space for capering and running about with kites. Warm, shallow waters make it popular with families with young children and there is Burgh Island – once a haunt for pirates and smugglers – which is easily accessible at low tide. And if you get caught out as the waves come back in, you can always take the sea tractor back to shore.
Combe Martin – SS 58426 46656
Bring out the David Attenborough in your children by taking them to this rocky outcrop, which is just a hop, skip and jump from the bustling town of Ilfracombe in North Devon. As the tide goes out, an amazing underwater world appears, with rock pools teeming with sea creatures such a crabs, starfish and anemones. The perfect opportunity for photos to show friends and family back home. As for the older ones, the is some excellent sea-kayaking to be had in the cove.
Lantic Bay – SX 15286 50865
You’ll need a sturdy pair of walking legs to get down to this secret location, but once you get there the views will make it all worthwhile. Owned by the National Trust, this sand and shingle beach in Cornwall is overlooked by towering cliffs that are covered with wild gorse and hawthorns, all of which lends a sense of drama. It’s a great spot for a picnic to refuel for the walk back up – don’t forget to pack a bag or two of Burts!
Sennen Cove – SW 35860 26346
Drive down to Cornwall’s most westerly surf spot and you’ll soon see the waves come crashing in from off the Atlantic, which for the uninitiated, may seem daunting. But don’t worry, as there are two surf schools situated on this long wide beach and they will have you up on your boards, goofy foot forward in no time. There are also safe bathing areas for the smaller ones and for those who are happy to simply float and lie back, whilst taking the stunning views in.
Merlin’s Cove – SX 05142 89067
Tucked under the ruins of Tintagel Castle in Cornwall, the beach is situated within a cave, said to be the birthplace of Merlin, the wizard of Arthurian legend. It would make sense to find wands made from driftwood and re-enact some magical battle and send out imaginary bolts of lightning. All you Dads out there, playing the giant trolls, will obviously have to go crashing into the sea in defeat. Your reward for getting soaked, will be a packet of Burts Sea Salt Chips.